The origins of the Dunks name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Dunks was originally derived from a family having lived in the village of Duncombe, in Durham
. There is also a Duncombe in Lancashire
which is in the north country too. This local
name was originally derived from the Old English word dun,
which literally means hill.
The second part of the name, comb
was originally derived from the Old English word cumb,
which refers to a short, straight valley.
Therefore Duncombe was literally a hill in a short, straight valley.
Early Origins of the Dunks family
The surname Dunks was first found in Buckinghamshire
where early records show Richard de Ingen held a barony in this shire since the Domesday Book
. The name evolved through many changes; Vitalis D'Ingen reign of King Henry I, which lasted from 1216 to 1272 to Ralph Dungun who was Lord of Tingewick (Rotuli Hundredorum.) From this latter reference, the name was listed as Dunguns, Dengaines, Dungems and then gradually was changed to Duncombe, the more popular spelling since the 16th century. "The manor-house of Tangley [in Wonersh, Surrey], originally a hunting-box of King John's, was in 1585 converted into a residence for the family of Sir Francis Duncombe." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Dunks family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunks research.Another 346 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1718, 1711, 1622, 1687, 1672, 1676, 1648, 1711, 1690, 1769, 1695, 1763, 1747, 1708, 1698, 1702, 1702, 1707, 1685, 1797, 1800 and 1807 are included under the topic Early Dunks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dunks Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dunks include Duncombe, Duncome, Duncomb, Duncome, Dunscomb, Dunscombe, Duncumb and many more.
Early Notables of the Dunks family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Duncombe (1622-1687), an English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer of England
(1672-1676); Sir Charles Duncombe (1648-1711), English banker and politician who served as a Member of Parliament and Lord Mayor of the City of London; William Duncombe (1690-1769), British author and... Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dunks family to Ireland
Some of the Dunks family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Dunks family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Dunks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Dunks, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1886 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Dunks Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Duda Dunks, aged 67, who arrived in America, in 1903
- Myrtle Dunks, aged 6, who arrived in America, in 1912
Contemporary Notables of the name Dunks (post 1700)
- Henry Stephen Dunks (1882-1955), Australian politician, Liberal and Country League member of the South Australian House of Assembly (1933-1938)